Last month, I was a guest on one of the newest WordPress podcast shows that dedicates itself to showcasing members of the WordPress community. The show, Hallway Chats, with hosts Tara Claeys and Liam Dempsey, takes the approach of sharing conversations that usually happen in the hallways at WordCamps.
If you are someone that regularly attends WordCamps, you know how difficult it can be to decide whether to attend a speaker session on a topic that interests you or to hang out in the hallways and jump in some of the conversations that go on ranging from a variety of topics.
If you’ve never been to a WordCamp or don’t know what one is, I highly recommend attending at least once to get a feel for the experience and the culture of what makes up a small part of what the WordPress community is all about.
There were some opportunities in the past where I had the chance to be a guest on podcasts but I wasn’t really sure about going on them. Nothing to do with the shows or the hosts, it was something that was unfamiliar and I didn’t think that it I would have anything to talk about. I still felt that way leading up to the days before recording the session for my episode of Hallway Chats, but since I happened to know both of the hosts, I went ahead and embraced the opportunity. Hey, why not?
Even though I still felt a little nervous about going on the show, I felt at ease with a few questions given in advance to help prepare and get a general gist for the direction on how the conversation might go.
The whole process was pretty painless and after all was said and done, I was glad that I did it. Since Hallway Chats is fairly new, I didn’t have any prior episodes to listen to in order to get a feel for the flow of the show. Knowing Liam from my local WordPress meetup, and volunteering with him and Tara at WordCamps helped provide a working idea of how this dynamic duo does things and set the tone for what I could possibly expect.
My recording was released as Episode 3. From what I was told, there was a pretty good response. Would I do it again? Absolutely. It definitely helps if you think that you might want to try your hand at public speaking. It’s a different element, but you’re still putting yourself out there and speaking to an audience. It’s a more laid back environment and in most instances you won’t see who you’re speaking with.
Since that episode was released, I now have opportunities to appear as a guest on other podcasts. I’ve considered accepting one of those offers so far, and it should be interesting to see how that experience goes.
If you are considering going on a podcast for the first time, here are a few suggestions:
- If at all possible, listen to a few of the show’s episodes.
- Try to have at least one conversation with the host(s) prior to the show.
- Find out what is needed to help with the production process. (Will a special microphone be required? Will there be a video component? If you prefer to keep your windows open, make sure it’s not on a day that the landscapers are going to be at your house.)
- A few days before you make your appearance or recording, go back over any instructions and remember to check your email for any possible last minute updates or changes.
- Make sure you have your contact information and a brief bio ready for the hosts in a timely manner so they can promote the episode with ease.
- Depending on the length of the show, you may want to have a tasty beverage close by. Hey, you never know.
- If you aren’t sure when your episode will air, try to avoid talking about anything that may be time sensitive.
If you happen to have prior experience with podcasts, free to share what’s worked for you.
What interest level do you have when it comes to podcasting? Is there a show that you’d like to appear on? If you have a show or in the process of starting one, I’m curious about that too.